Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Dead Rise Old Bay Summer AleDead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale
Dead Rise Old Bay Summer AleDead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Skillful in shallow waters, yet adept when it becomes deep and rough, Dead Rise boats were specifically crafted to navigate the unique waters of the Chesapeake. Our Dead Rise, a summer ale brewed with OLD BAY, was brewed to support True Blue, a groundbreaking initiative to support the Maryland Blue Crab industry.

Malt: Proprietary
Hop: Proprietary
Yeast: Proprietary
Brewed with Old Bay Seasoning and Lemon.
25 IBU

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 780
Photo of mlockman
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong old bay flavoring, definitely worth a try if you enjoy old bay seasoning. Toes the line of refreshing and savory. Overall, very good and very drinkable, I could enjoy many of these.

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Photo of bman13
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really impressed by this. Maybe it isn't your "style" necessarily, and it sure isn't my favorite style, but man, this is perfectly balanced from the old bay spice to the hops to the malt. Really is just a slim spot for improvement, but I'm loving it how it is.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flying Dog "Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "288A15 ... undecipherable"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Good looking beer with a slightly hazy golden body and a frothy, long-lasting white head.

Nice aroma with clove, nutmeg, and what I perceive as mace coming through clearly over a mild golden malt base.

In the mouth it's quite basic, "medium-light" in body and moderately crisp with a just below average carbonation level.

The flavor brings in a note of mustard (which I'm not particularly fond of), some black pepper, and some leafiness. I'm not sure if any hops are used for flavor or aroma, but I doubt it; and the bitterness is moderate as well as it's not really needed once the spices start to build on the palate. All the while the malt remains constant and firm, but it's not sweet or overly done. Impressively balanced I'd have to say, and surprising in its use of spices (Old Bay). At first sip I found it a little off-putting, but then everything seemed to meld a little bit and I thought of it more in terms of a Belgian saison as the pepperiness and herbal qualities (Bay leaf, celery) rose.

Looking over the label to learn what a "Dead Rise" is, I also see that it also supports the Maryland Crabbing industry. If that means buying local rather than importing I'm all for it.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours slightly hazy straw-yellow with maybe 1/2" of unimpressive white head that dissipates immediately. Retention is OK, lacing is surprisingly nice.

S: Mild & spicy, sweeter spices than expected, cinnamon for example. Not detecting Old Bay in any recognizable form. Some crackery malt & a whiff of lemon.

T: There's the Old Bay. Starts with sweetish malt & shifts quickly to mild, raw hop-bitterness. The Old Bay gives the finish a pleasant spiciness that lingers. Not much else going on here - the specific hop/malt combo reads as a bit medicinal to me.

M: Light & a bit undercarbed. The carb is too fine & the malt body is underwhelming. However, these aren't necessarily bad qualities for the bizarre flavor profile.

O: This brew is pretty earnest for gimmick beer. I'll give Flying Dog points for staying within themselves & trying to make a drinkable beer out of this. I can't see myself having more than two of these in a sitting.

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Photo of oberon
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I love crab and I love Old Bay so I figured I would like this beer...I did but in a small amount.Poured a clear light golden with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Aromas had a bit of celery salt twang to it and biscuit malty sweetness.Celery salt hits hard on the palate with a tinge of hot red pepper and then more salt in the finish,dry malt to the finish.The Old Bay becomes a bit much after awhile,Iam astounded at how much Old Bay actually comes thru inthe nose and even more so on the palate.Glad I tried it but not for me in reallity.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden orange. Smell is of slight hops and pepper and a little spicyness. Taste is an APA upfront with some hops and bitterness but nothing intense then you get pepper, cayenne and spice and the finish is spicy like red pepper but it doesn't burn. Didn't have high expectations but this blew me away actually. Would get a perfect 5 all around if it had a little bit lighter feel and there was more of a beer smell instead of salt and pepper. One of my favorites now for sure.

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Photo of tillmac62
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 288/15. Pours an almost clear golden. Above normal head volume, normal retention, world class lacing.

Outstanding nose with just the right amount of Old Bay spice aroma over a grainy biscuit background sweetness. Floating above all of this is a slightly tart airiness that reminds me of orange tang.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Superbly carbonated with effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is intense, not very complex as it highlights the spice and is reasonably well balanced, all things considered. It begins with a wave of Old Bay spice, but not overpowering. In fact, it never reaches the intensity or complexity of a sea food boil using Old Bay. The spice flavors never really separate, but you get a good dose of pepper heat and brine with hints of clove and ginger. In the middle comes a mild bitterness, which as it fades, allows a subtle balancing sweetness to emerge. The finish is somewhat crisp and leaves you with a lingering spicy brine aftertaste and a nice touch of spicy heat.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with a white head that fell fast. Bubbles are in constant streams Nose is earthy, a sweet grain with old bay. Vague spices at first but then you come to recognize it. Smells fresh and even tangy. taste is pretty good too. Old bay but earthy . malt is a an almost flavorless cracker letting the old bay be itself. You can taste the celery seed. It's a crisp finish ,dry, peppery like black pepper, a little sour like spices that have been boiled and the hop bitter is sometimes a bit sharp. But I would say this is extremely well done.

Would go very well with all kinds of fried foods and fish.

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Photo of barmanager412
4.87/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thought it'd be kinda gimmicky with the old bay but I was amazingly impressed with how balanced and delicious this beer was all the way through the experience.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back in Totowa, having never had this before. I had no idea what Old Bay was before I had this and when I poured this out, it seemed pretty light to me in hue and body. For a Herbed/Spiced beer and a summer seasonal offering, this turned out to be just right since it had enough spice and depth to it to not go down as easily as a "lawnmower beer" would, even though it took a bit of adjusting to the aftertaste that was left behind.

Good pour to this as the fluffy white head saved this beer's appearance from being drab. Gold and nicely radiant like a Pilsener, there was a few solid rings of lacing that this left behind. Lots of Old Bay and grass in the nose, with some straw and some barley in the taste as well. Not terribly crisp or sour, this beer straddled that nine well while having a good mouthfeel and a nice, bubbly carbonation that kept this somewhat light. Not a lot of salt in the taste either but there had to be a bit as this begged for a side helping of crab cakes!

Just a touch of alcohol rounded things out and while not a session beer, I could have easily downed another in my sitting since this was so tasty. Normally, I'm not a fan of Herbed/Spiced beers but this one worked without being too flavorful and overbearing. Cue up an Orioles game, grab some food and some malt vinegar and tobasco and bring on the summer! This would be a great brew to have those with as you find your faith in hot-weather offerings restored.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Clear yellow color with a white soapy head and more than adequate lacing. Good clarity and though cold, poured with no haze.

SMELL: Wheat funk and old bay give off an initial impression of a crab bake. Repeated sips make one think of a wheat infused crab bake if such a thing ever did exist.

TASTE: A nice blend of spice and beer qualities. Wheat, corn, barley all tossed in the boil with some old bay, and tastes just like what they did, but the old bay transitions much better in flavor than aroma, which is actually my thought on the Old Bay seasoning in general.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, and remarkably clean given the use of spices. Certainly crisp even with the fuller body.

OVERALL: An interesting little beer here. Tasty enough it its own right, but honestly I would probably rather use this one to cook with somehow. I would not have a problem drinking the unused portion if I did.

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Photo of pajeff
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. didn't really taste any old bay. Smelled slightly skunked. Tasted like a pale ale, except not hoppy. Really rather blah. Glad that I only bought a single. Generally like Flying Dog, but this is not a repeat.

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Photo of chessiejackson
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried it out out of curiosity, assuming i wouldn't be into it. Not my favorite, (being a stout/IPA guy) but flying dog did a pretty good job on this. I like how you can feel the old bay as well as taste it.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a half finger of thin white foam. Spicy old bay aroma fills the room. The smell is not entirely unpleasant, but strange coming from a beer.

First sip has a rush of crabby goodness, except we are not eating seafood. I can almost taste the saltyness in addition to the spices. It has a lot of spiced flavor with a medium body.

I lived in Maryland for 10 years, so I can appreciate Old Bay seasoning, however, this comes off as a novelty that I would rather have had once or twice rather than a 6 pack.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow! Really pushing the envelope with making new brews. Old Bay and Beer? Not going to lie, I was super skeptical about this one. When I poured it, it looks like a common Pilsner. The straw color and thin white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was interesting, for me the best part. It smelled sweet and malty. The taste was super light and crisp with only a hint of Old Bay seasoning. Kind of taste more pepper like. I was absolutely surprised how clean and refreshing this beer is! I cannot wait to pair it with some seafood this summer! I suggest that you try it! A new summer go to for me!

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Photo of erwilliams
4.92/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one is legendary. If you love a beer with a kick, this one delivers Bruce Lee and some. Traditional Maryland Old Bay seasoning keeps this beer from being just another beer. Definitely recommend!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden/yellow color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer. Looks like a MBC beer. Not really attractive.

Aroma: Doesn’t smell like a MBC beer though! Strong aromas of Old Bay seasoning, with strong notes of cayenne, bay leaf, black pepper, coriander, as well as aromas of lemon, lemon zest, dill, seafood. Honestly, this beer smells like a crab bake! Mouthwateringly good!

Taste: Very interesting flavors. I get some toasted malt and wheat up front, immediately followed by the flavors of Old Bay seasoning, such as cayenne, bay leaf, black pepper, coriander, as well as aromas of lemon, lemon zest, dill, and crab boil. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer. It totally tastes like the Old Bay seasoning mix and boiled crabs! I bet it would go perfect with some crab cakes, a crab boil/bake, some peel and eat shrimp, shrimp and grits and grilled seafood.

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Photo of carbin14
4.89/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was a very good beer. Very refreshing. The old bay seasoning wasn't over powering. A light beer for the summer and one of the better ones I have had in a while

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Photo of KYGunner
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

The nose is light and crisp with a sweet yeast character. There's a bit of bubblegum, lemon-lime and a spicy note.

This is spritzer like in feel and flavor. It's very seltzer waterish with some 7Up lemon lime. I get a perfume floral yeast flavor and a peppercorn that may be the Old Bay.

This came out in June and here it is December so that 6 months may have taken its toll because I'm not getting a lot out of this.

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Photo of JCH3191
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

It may not be summer anymore but I found myself in the mood for some steamed spiced shrimp and wanted a good beer to pair with it. Next thing I knew I was walking out with a pound of shrimp and a six pack of Dead Rise.

The smell is of wheat, grass, and mild Old Bay. The Old Bay smell is far more significant in the bottle after it has been poured out into a glass.

The taste holds up to the sent. Tastes like a solid ale with a good amount of spice which obviously comes from the Old Bay. The Old Bay flavor is not nearly as intense as I thought it would be. And perhaps that is a good thing. On its own, it is a decent beer. When paired with seafood, it is on a different level. This is a beer that is definitely meant to be paired rather than consumed on its own. I would love to drink this beer on draft at an MD crab house feasting on some blue crabs where this beer would truly shine. Definitely worth a try and would have again with the right food pairing.

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Photo of HairyPorter
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Really good nose. Not overpowering, but definitely reminiscent of a family crab feast. Very clean taste, and a wonderful spicy finish. I love this beer.

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Photo of foxandcrown
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

What a unique beer. If the thought of an Old Bay flavored beer sounds revolting to you, don't worry, I detected no salt and just a touch of celery seed. The hops balance extremely well with the spices. This beer has a flavor quite reminiscent of Old Bay while still being thoroughly drinkable (and at 5.6%, it's not *too* far from a session beer). And, it benefits Maryland's blue crabs - a bonus to those of us in the area. If you like spiced beers like witbiers and are willing to go a bit stronger with the spices, definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours a golden color with a foamy head
Aroma is spicy and of old bay.
taste has a old bay flavor with other herbs.
Mouthfeel is ok and over a decent beer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

On draft, pours a translucent straw yellow with a thick frothy white head on top. Finally getting a chance to try this after many "brahs" told me it was delicious.

The smell is lots of pine, grass, allspice, and yup, you guessed it Old Bay. Lots of Old Bay. The flavor is earthy pine hops, grain malt, lemon, paprika, straw with a wet old bay finish. I like Old Bay on certain foods, but this is almost like eating soggy french fries with old bay on them. This is just too weird for me.

Good marketing idea, check. Maryland pride check. A beer I will buy again - nope.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Pours a very hazy medium straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass quickly and a faint amount of medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemon citrus, Old Bay spice, and just a light amount of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of grainy malts with a touch of pale malts. That is followed by a light flavor of lemon citrus and a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of Old Bay spice. Just a hint of floral hops in the finish which has a hint of bitterness.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish from the Old Bay.

O: It really went well with the seafood at dinner (which was prepared in a very simple manner) - a very nice combination of Old Bay spice and the hints of lemon. I found it surprisingly better than I expected.

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